Wonthaggi Secondary College recognises that students have different needs, abilities, interests and ambitions and that its students are drawn from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. These differences are catered for through the development of a comprehensive curriculum that extends and challenges students to realise their full potential.
Sequential courses of study are provided for Years 7 to 10 in each of the Key Learning Areas. This is achieved using core units at Year 7, a vertical modular Middle School structure in Years 8 and 9 and a mixture of core and elective subjects at Year 10.
With a large Year 11 and 12 student population the College is able to offer a broad range of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units and has a commitment to the development of Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs. A successful Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program has been operating since 2003. An alternative VCAL (Community VCAL) is also available to re-engage early school leavers with education and training. This operates on a different site to the school.
The College continues to develop its enrichment and consolidation programs. Students in Years 10 and 11 have the opportunity to accelerate through the VCE by taking higher level units than is the norm for their age cohort. Additionally many Year 12 students undertake university level enhancement studies. A select entry Program for Accelerated Learning (PAL) operates on the Dudley Campus in years 7 to 9.
The College has been able to provide additional opportunities to students through a range of DOE Priority Programs. Wonthaggi Secondary College was included in Phase 1 of the Leading Schools Program and is undertaking a joint project with Korumburra Secondary College and South Gippsland Secondary College. The project is directed to the transformation of teaching and learning at each college with a particular emphasis on the development of the use of learning technologies.
Other Significant Factors
College staff conduct a range of quality curriculum and co-curricular programs across both campuses.
The College has a tradition of student participation in the Performing Arts (including Music, Drama and the Rock Eisteddfod). The annual Talented Students Concert is a highlight each year and showcases student performances across all year levels. In 2002 the College joined the highly successful South Gippsland Music Program and currently has around 120 students involved in the program.
Wonthaggi Secondary College regularly enjoys sporting success at local, state and national levels, particularly in volleyball, swimming and surfing.
Participation in Human Powered Vehicle events is also an established part of the College’s co-curricular program. An annual Human Powered Vehicle Grand Prix is a major feature of the school (and also the community) calendar.
Parent and community involvement in the school is encouraged. A Parents Voice forum providing support for parents and carers that also enhances communication between the College and families begins in 2007. The College is committed to the welfare of its students. To this end a Student Services Coordinator is attached to each campus along with a Careers teacher at the McBride campus. A Managed Individual Pathways (MIPs) Coordinator works at each campus and there is also significant support through the Disabilities and Impairment program.
The staff at Wonthaggi Secondary College are dedicated professional educators who place importance on quality teaching and professional development. Through a well established pastoral care program the College provides a caring, supportive environment whilst also encouraging teamwork, leadership and a sense of belonging. Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills through the Peer Support and Mediation Program, the Student Representative Council and as elected student leaders.
Extensive recreational, sporting and educational facilities are available. These include a gymnasiums (2 at the Dudley campus), libraries, canteens, computer centres, theatrette/drama room, courts and ovals or playing fields. The College also enjoys access to extensive community recreational facilities including the indoor heated swimming pool, local beaches and coastal reserves.
Other initiatives include extensive outdoor programs, camps and excursions, a Victorian Youth Development Program (VYDP) based on surf – lifesaving.
The extensive grounds and buildings are well maintained and attractive. The College continues to focus on upgrading facilities and grounds.